Syllabus III

ENC 1101: Writing and Rhetoric I
Florida International University

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The ability to write well is one of the most important skills you will acquire at FIU. Whatever your academic major or career path may be, writing will be an integral part of your life. ENC 1101 will provide you with a set of tools to improve your writing and to help you write rhetorically. Learning to write rhetorically is, in essence, learning how to communicate effectively. But there is more to writing than just getting your message across. This course will help you practice writing as a process of discovery.
This course will also emphasize intelligent reading. You will be reading the work of your peers and critically assessing it to help them revise. By looking at the work of your classmates and contributing your own writing, you will be taking part in the academic conversation.

Course Objectives
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
• Generate relevant and timely writing topics that are appropriate for your chosen audience and the
• Develop your ideas through an effective and recursive process of writing, revision, and editing;
• Indicate your ability to write in various genres, including peer review, pre-writing, narrative,
thesis-driven essays, and researched writing;
• Respond to various rhetorical purposes and address the needs of various audiences;
• Display genre-appropriate format, structure and stylistic choices, understanding differences in open
and closed form prose;
• Develop an effective thesis and support it with reasons and evidence;
• Exhibit appropriate diction, punctuation, and spelling;
• Produce documents that incorporate primary and secondary resources which are documented using MLA
• Develop a rhetorical vocabulary for talking about writing.

Course Materials
• Lunsford, Andrea A. The Everyday Writer with Exercises. 4th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin, 2010.
Print. Customized for Florida International University.
o Companion Website:
• Ramage, John D., John C. Bean, and June Johnson. The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Writing. 4th ed. New
York: Learning Solutions, 2010. Print. Customized for Florida International University.
o Companion Website:

Technological Components
This course requires basic computer skills. If you have any doubts about your abilities in these areas, please speak to me right away. We will use Moodle for our online work.
To log in to Moodle:

• Go to
• Click the Moodle Login button
• User ID and password
o User ID = Your My Accounts user ID
o Password = Your My Accounts password
• For login help, call 305-348-2284.
• If you need to look up your My Accounts user ID or reset your My Accounts password, go to and follow the instructions.

We will also use for peer-editing, grading, and plagiarism checking.

If at any point during the semester, you become confused about assignments, and how and when they should be done, please contact me immediately.

Writing Projects
There will be three major writing projects this semester. Each project will go through several stages: pre-writing, drafting, revision (i.e., peer review, self-revisions, and draft conferences) and editing. At the end of each assignment you will turn in a portfolio that will include all invention work, drafts, notes, and peer reviews involved in the creation of the final product. Your final grade for each project will reflect all your process work. I will allow you to revise one graded essay, due the last day of class. If the revision shows significant improvement, you will receive a higher grade, which will replace the original grade. We will discuss revision throughout the semester.
Format: All assignments must be typed, double-spaced in Times New Roman 12-point font, and use MLA format.

You must receive a “C” grade or higher to pass ENC 1101. Grading weights are shown below.

• Writing Project 1—Literacy Narrative 15%
• Writing Project 2—Informative Essay 20%
• Writing Project 3—Argument Essay 25%
• Timed Writing Project 10%
• Participation/Homework Assignments 30%

FIU defines PLAGIARISM as “the deliberate use and appropriation of another’s work without any indication of the source and the representation of such work as the student’s own.” This means that “any student who fails to give credit for ideas, expressions or materials taken from another source, including internet sources, is guilty of plagiarism”, and “[a]ny student helping another to plagiarize may be found guilty of academic misconduct”, a serious offence punishable by expulsion.
It is your responsibility to review FIU’s plagiarism policy and to make yourself aware of the disciplinary sanctions resulting from academic misconduct. I expect you to become familiar with and abide by FIU’s Code of Academic Integrity:
As your acknowledgment of understanding of these policies, please print out and sign the “Student Acknowledgement of Syllabus and Academic Integrity Pledge” at the end of this syllabus, and return it to me by the end of the week.

Late Writing Project Submissions
All assignments are due at the beginning of class on the due date. The letter grade will be reduced ½ grade for every day the writing project is late, and the reduced grade will carry over to revisions. For example, if you turn in an A paper a day late, it will be reduced to a B+, and cannot be revised to an A. If you turn in the paper on the due date, but after class has ended, it will be considered a day late. If you do not hand in all three major writing projects, you will fail the course.

Reading and Participation
I expect you to complete the assigned readings for each class. Coming to class having read the material will allow you to participate in class discussions and group work. The readings are directly connected to the pre-writing and drafting process of the writing projects, so your writing will be strengthened by critically thinking about the rhetoric discussed in the text. If something you read is unclear, ask and we can discuss it in class. In addition, you will earn points for participation based on your contribution to discussion.

Writing is a process, and I will guide you through the writing of each essay by working with you every step of the way. If you complete all the homework, you will most likely do well in the class. If you do not complete the homework, you will not do well, and you may fail the course. Late homework is not accepted, and missed class work cannot be made up.

Attendance is crucial, and will be a significant part of your participation grade. More than five absences will put you in danger of failing the course. Coming late to class twice is equal to one absence.

If at any point in the semester you have any questions or concerns about your grade or your standing in the class, please come see me. Addressing your questions and concerns is part of my job. If you have further questions, you may also contact Dr. Kimberly Harrison (, Director of FIU’s Writing and Rhetoric Program.


I [print name], ________________________________________________,
have read and understood the terms of this syllabus, and agree to follow the policies and rules established herein.
In addition, I hereby pledge to follow FIU’s Code of Academic Integrity as outlined below:

This Code of Academic Integrity was adopted by the Student Government Association on November 28, 2001 and reflects the values articulated in the Student Code of Standards. Florida International University is a community dedicated to generating and imparting knowledge through excellent teaching and research, the rigorous and respectful exchange of ideas, and community service. All students should respect the right of others to have an equitable opportunity to learn and honestly to demonstrate the quality of their learning. Therefore, all students are expected to adhere to a standard of academic conduct, which demonstrates respect for themselves, their fellow students, and the educational mission of Florida International University.

As a student of this university:
I will be honest in my academic endeavors.
I will not represent someone else’s work as my own.
I will not cheat, nor will I aid in another’s cheating.

All students are deemed by the University to understand that if they are found responsible for academic misconduct, they will be subject to the Academic Misconduct procedures and sanctions, as outlined in the Student Handbook.

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Student Signature Date


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